Things To Do Around DFW: Brick Fest, Home & Garden Show, DFW Golf Show, Disney on Ice and more

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African American Pioneers in STEAM

The African American Pioneers in STEAM exhibition is on view at the African American Museum, Dallas now through March 17, 2023. The family-friendly exhibition features approximately 120 replicas and examples of items invented or improved by African Americans, from the three-light traffic light and the first automatic transmission to laser cataract surgery.

Designed to inspire and enlighten, the exhibition shines a light on African Americans – such as Lewis Latimer, Dr. Marion Croak, Dr. Charles Drew, Otis Boykin, Marie Van Brittan Brown and Frederick McKinley Jones – and their many contributions while illustrating the exciting science behind the engineering feats.

Where: 3536 Grand Ave, Dallas

When: Now through March 17

Cost: Free

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Where: Billy Bob’s, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Ft Worth
When: Friday at 10 p.m.; Saturday at 10 p.m.

Cost: $18 - $35

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Ben Rector in concert

Where: Will Rogers Memorial Center, Ft Worth
When: Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $35 and up

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Big Bounce America

The Big Bounce America is "the largest touring inflatable event in the entire world!" Whether you're young or old, you can participate in the fun. One ticket gets you into four different attractions: “The World’s Biggest Bounce House,” “Sport Slam,” “The Giant,” and “Air Space.”

Where: Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie

When: March 18-19, 24-26, March 31-April 2

Cost: $22 and up

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Brick Fest Live

If you (or your kids) are a fan of building amazing structures from toy bricks…this might be the place to close out Spring Break. Brick Fest features life-size models made from tens of thousands of bricks, hands-on activities and attractions, contestants from the LEGO® Masters TV show, a giant brick pit, a Minecraft Zone, Glow Zone, derby races, and so much more.

Where: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas

When: Saturday, March 18 - Sunday March 19

Cost: $17 and up

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Celtic Angels Ireland

A joyous celebration of everything Irish will touch American soil this spring when the energetic, exciting young stars of Celtic Angels Ireland tour the U.S.

Headed by the powerhouse creative team direct from Ireland and featuring award winning Irish and World Champion Singers, Dancers and Musicians. Celtic Angels Ireland is a theatrical feast for all ages. Written, Directed and Choreographed by Louise Barry (Dublin, Ireland. The Diddley Idols / National Theatre) Musical Arrangements by Peter Sheridan (Co.Cavan, Ireland. Celtic Thunder) and Irish Step Dance Director, Sarah Costello (Belfast, Ireland. Rhythm of the Dance / ADCRG).

With over 30 Irish traditional and contemporary tunes masterfully intertwined and performed fully live by the Trinity Ensemble, the Heavenly Celtic Angels and the Dynamic Celtic Knights Dancers, the spectacular Celtic Angels Ireland is guaranteed to entertain and delight.

Where: Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson

When: Sunday, March 19 at 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $37 and up

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Circus Vazquez

It’s fun under the big top in Frisco. Enjoy a cast of incredible circus superstars, led by Memo Vazquez (the Ringmaster).
Where: Riders Field, Frisco
When: March 17 - April 3

Cost: $25 and up

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Round up the family for an entire day of Irish-Western fun. Festive food and drink, live music, armadillo races, lawn games, pony rides, old west gunfight shows, cloggers and dance troops bring the fun to the Stockyards. Take in a special matinee Stockyards Championship Rodeo at 1:30 p.m. and a spectacular Irish-Western Parade at 4 p.m. The twice daily cattle drives are still happening as well.

Where: Fort Worth Stockyards

When: Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

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DMA: "Movement: The Legacy of Kineticism"

Exploring the power of kineticism in art and featuring 80 works drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, Movement: The Legacy of Kineticism showcases the work of artists from three historical eras that utilize optical effects or mechanical or manipulable parts to engage the viewer physically or perceptually. Meanwhile, an interactive work that welcomes and draws you into the exhibition...Soares’s Vagalume…invites viewers to pull chains, turning lightbulbs on or off. The title of this work means Firefly.

Where: Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas

When: Daily through July 16

Cost: Free

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Dallas Arboretum: Dallas Blooms

Dallas Blooms, the Southwest’s annual floral festival featuring the Great Contributors bronze sculpture collection is here. The collection includes new historical figures, including Ruby Bridges, Harriet Tubman, Mother Teresa, Amelia Earhart and Joan of Arc. The spring festival showcases an explosion of color from 100 varieties of spring bulbs, 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms, thousands of azaleas and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees.

Where: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas

When: February 25 - April 16

Cost: $12 and up

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DFW Golf Show

North Texas is an absolute hotbed for golf - and the DFW Golf Show is one of the premier shows in this area. Get fitted for new clubs, participate in clinics, grab some swag and find great ways to improve your game. World Long Drive Champion Kyle Berkshire plus US Women’s Open champion Brittany Lang and golf comedy group Country Club Adjacent will take the Main Stage.

Where: Esports Stadium Arlington

When: March 17-19

Cost: $15 and up

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DSO: Brahms Symphony No. 3

Although Brahms was just 50 when he wrote his Third Symphony, he looked back to younger days with the musical quotation of the motto Frei aber froh (“Free but happy”). In the rising exclamation from the winds that open this great symphony, the F-A-F motif hits you immediately. The compactness of the work intensifies the dramatic aspects of his third and penultimate symphony. As you listen to this richly romantic piece, you get a real sense that Brahms had hit his stride as a composer.

Where: Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas

When: March 16 - 18

Cost: $21 and up

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Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures

Hit the road to adventure when Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures skates into Dallas at the American Airlines Center! Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to the sun soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands with Simba. Discover a whole new world as you're swept up in Aladdin's princely parade. Play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. Join us for a fun-filled getaway, jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and magic at every turn at Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures.

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas

When: March 16 - 19

Cost: $18 and up

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Set in Argentina between 1934-1952, the award-winning musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor illegitimate child to ambitious actress to, as wife of military leader turned president Juan Peron, the most powerful woman in Latin America.

Where: North Texas Performing Arts, Plano

When: March 17 - 19

Cost: $20 and up


FWSO: From Despair to Hope: Messiaen and Mozart

Talk about impossible odds: Messiaen wrote the first sketches Quatuor pour la fin du temps ("Quartet for the End of Time") as a prisoner in Germany during World War II for himself and fellow musician prisoners, who premiered the work at the camp. Be there when pianist Robert Spano and musicians of the FWSO bring to life the anguished voices of the birds of Messiaen's best-known work as well as Mozart's exquisite Quintet for piano and winds.

Where: Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

When: Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 p..m.

Cost: $25

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Fort Worth Botanic Garden: World of Orchids

Experience the stunning and exquisite beauty of all shapes, sizes, and colors of thousands of orchids arranged in breathtaking displays coming for the first time to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s beautiful Rainforest Conservatory February 24 – April 9, 2023. Learn about their habitats and how to grow them in your own home.

Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth

When: Daily through April 9

Cost: $10 for exhibit only / $18 for combo garden admission and exhibit

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Garden Bros. Nuclear Circus

GARDEN BROS CIRCUS has been entertaining families for over 100 years and now the Largest Circus on Earth. The Nuclear Circus, “Humans Gone Wild,” will amaze you with special effects, concert style lighting,  Human Cannonball, Wheel of Death, Motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, Human Slingshot, Comedy the whole family will love, Girls hanging by their hair, Olate Performing Dogs as seen on America's Got Talent, and the Cossack Riders.

Where: Fair Park, Dallas

When: March 9 - March 19

Cost: $15 and up

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Greater Frisco Home & Garden Show

It’s everything you need to solve your home and  garden projects under one roof. Whether it’s kitchens, baths, cabinets and countertops, or windows, roofing, gutters and paint…you’ll find all the resources you need at the Greater Frisco Home & Garden Show.

Where: Ford Center at The Star, Frisco

When: March 17-19

Cost: Free

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"I'll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen" - Modern Art Museum

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents the landmark I’ll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen, a thematic group exhibition that examines the screen’s vast impact on art from 1969 to the present. This exhibition surveys more than sixty works by fifty artists over the past five decades. The artists included examine screen culture through a broad range of media such as paintings, sculpture, video games, digital art, augmented reality, and video.

Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, Fort Worth

When: February 12 - April 30

Cost: Free on Fridays / $10 - $16 other days

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Luck of the Irish Triathlon

The Playtri Luck of the Irish Triathlon returns to the LISD Aquatic Center for a day of celebration. Contestants will swim, bike, and run through the city of The Colony and will receive a completion medal. If you’re not competing, come out and cheer on family and friends as they make their way through the course.

Where: LISD Eastside Aquatic Center, The Colony

When: Sunday, March 19 starting at 8:00 a.m.

Cost: Varies

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Making A Scene - Music Exhibit in Denton

Take a musical journey through Denton’s legendary music scene in the new exhibit, Making a Scene, at the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum. On view through August 26, 2023, this exhibit features photographs, posters, and other items representing beloved artists, venues, and festivals over the decades that have played a vital role in putting Denton on the map, because when you think of Denton, you think music!

Where: Denton County Courthouse-on-the Square Museum, 110 West Hickory Street, Denton

When: 10-4 Monday-Friday and 11-3 Saturdays through August 26, 2023

Cost: Free

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Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical!

Where: Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas

When: March 15 - April 2

Cost: $30 and up

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Nancy Best Fountain - Tribute to ABBA

Mamma Mia, it’s going to be quite the show! ABBA is the featured music for the Nancy Best Fountain over the next six weeks. Four times a day, the fountain will “dance” to the classic tunes of this Swedish pop band, with illuminating lights to accompany the performances after sunset. Channel your inner Dancing Queen under the Waterloo and bring all your friends…even Fernando! Waterloo - A Tribute to ABBA Song List: Mamma Mia, Take a Chance on Me, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Does Your Mother Know, Voulez-Vous, Fernando, Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Thank You For The Music. Performances at 12, 7, 8 & 9 PM

Where: Klyde Warren Park, Dallas

When: Daily through April 12 / Performances at 12, 7, 8 & 9 PM

Cost: Free

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science - "The Science Behind Pixar"

Be inspired to infinity…and beyond! Explore the artistry, science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with This interactive exhibition showcases the STEM concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.

Where: Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas

When: Daily through September 4, 2023

Cost: $15 - youth / $25 - adults

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They’ve rounded up the best hard seltzer brands in the land for one epic day dedicated to the bubbly brew everyone can’t get enough of. Sample the latest and greatest hard seltzer flavors, indulge in mouthwatering munchies, and bust out the ‘gram for the most insta-worthy moments.

Where: Klyde Warren Park, Dallas

When: March 18 at 11:00 a.m.

Cost: $49 and up

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UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul Circus offers a show-stopping cultural celebration of global acts, urban music, dance and laughter, all infused with Soul's spirit, style and swagger. The critically acclaimed show features jaw-dropping stunts, acrobats, aerodynamic aerialists, fire breathers, stilt dancers and the ultimate pageantry.

UniverSoul is a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater and music that spans genres including pop, classic R&B, Latin, hip hop, jazz and gospel.

Where: Southwest Center Mall, 3662 W Camp Wisdom Rd, Dallas

When: March 16-19

Cost: $24 and up

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